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Sydney siege inquest: Lindt Cafe deaths investigated

The Australian - ‎7 minutes ago‎
ONE of the hostages killed during the Sydney siege died after being hit by fragments of police bullets fired after officers stormed the Lindt Cafe targeting the gunman, Man Haron Monis, an inquest has heard.
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Armed, masked duo wanted by police

New Zealand Herald - ‎2 hours ago‎
Two masked people who appear to be carrying firearms are being sought by police after frightening people around Auckland this week.
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Live Updates: Sri Lanka rebuilding against Black Caps

TVNZ - ‎14 minutes ago‎
Follow the Live Updates of the Black Caps v Sri Lanka in the final ODI of the series in Wellington today. 40 overs - Sri Lanka 212/4 (Sangakkara 76*(78 balls), Chandimal 2*( 5 balls).
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Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

TVNZ - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.
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Wild Hunt lives up to the hype - ‎1 hour ago‎
DEEP AND COMPLEX: This is not a game that will hold players' hands but will punish them for carelessness. Some game design elements exist in a state of natural tension.
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Sprinkler breaks and floods Wellington's Unity Books - ‎41 minutes ago‎
A ceiling collapse ripped open a sprinkler above Unity Books on Willis St in Wellington this morning, causing devastating flooding to three shops downstairs.
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Israel, Hezbollah Violence Flares in Golan Heights

Voice of America - ‎29 minutes ago‎
JERUSALEM—. Two Israeli soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper were killed Wednesday, as Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah traded fire in the biggest escalation of fighting since their 2006 war.
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US Must Return Guantanamo for Normal Relations With Cuba, Raúl Castro Says

Wall Street Journal - ‎39 minutes ago‎
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica—Cuban President Raúl Castro demanded Wednesday that the U.S. return the base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal ...
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Human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin stands tall without George Clooney

Toronto Star - ‎57 minutes ago‎
If you thought Amal Alamuddin Clooney had given up the law in order to become a celebrity wife, think again. Clooney, 36, an established human rights lawyer, doesn't really need her husband George Clooney's fame but her newfound status as the woman ...

Man set fire to Featherston house he built with ex-wife

The Dominion Post - ‎34 minutes ago‎
A man who spent years building a house with his ex-wife decided to set fire to it, then sat on the lawn drinking wine and watching it burn.

New laser brings 3D colour images of crime scenes to courtrooms

New Zealand Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
A 3D rendition of a mock crime scene created by a new high-speed laser scanner. Photo / Supplied. A new and improved laser that can quickly and accurately build a 3D colour image of crime scenes will bring new clarity to New Zealand courtrooms.

'Unusual' blanket of fog hovers over Wellington

TVNZ - ‎2 hours ago‎
In the midst of a fine and sunny afternoon, Wellington Airport has become blanketed in fog. Despite photos showing the fog hovering over the runway, flights have not been disrupted.

Fonterra reduces milk volume forecast due to dry weather - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dry conditions have forced Fonterra's forecast milk production lower, but farmers may find a silver lining if the reduced supply helps dairy prices recover.

Briscoe Group may launch loyalty scheme

New Zealand Herald - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Briscoe Group, which operates the Briscoes, Rebel Sports, and Living & Giving stores in New Zealand, may introduce a customer loyalty programme this year to stoke growth in online sales.
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Xero appoints Douglas Jeffries as US-based CFO - ‎1 hour ago‎
Xero has appointed a new chief financial officer, American Douglas Jeffries, who is currently CFO at RetailMeNot, a Nasdaq-listed e-business headquartered in California.
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Can Apple Keep Up Its Growth Spurt?

Wall Street Journal - ‎3 hours ago‎
A year ago, Apple Inc. announced disappointing iPhone sales that seemed to confirm long-simmering concerns that the company's best days were behind it.
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Microsoft Office strategy takes the wind out of competitors' sails

TechRepublic - ‎15 hours ago‎
According to Tony Bradley, as long as people can create, edit, and review Microsoft Office files using actual Office apps, demand for office suite alternatives will decline dramatically.
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Kitten left to bake in cat carer's mailbox - ‎8 hours ago‎
RECOVERING: This kitten is recovering from her letterbox ordeal but still has a "slight bewildered look to her". Susan McNair is happy to accept people's unwanted kittens - but she was not prepared for what awaited her when she returned home from a few ...
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Flying Lotus mesmerises Auckland crowd

Auckland - ‎6 hours ago‎
"Yes!" His loyal audience yell back, snapping into a zombie shuffle, heads bobbing in unison, bone marrow vibrating from the bass.
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Kiwis to meet Kangaroos in Brisbane for ANZAC Test

TVNZ - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Kangaroos will play the Kiwis in a stand-alone representative weekend in Queensland in May. Ahead of the official 2015 season launch in Auckland tonight, Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium has been unveiled by the NRL as the venue for this year's May 1 ...
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Simon Mannering takes Kiwis Player of the Year gong at NZ Rugby League ... - ‎1 hour ago‎
MY AWARD BRO: Simon Mannering, right, shares a joke with Shaun Johnson at Kiwis training. Kiwis and Warriors skipper Simon Mannering has beaten world player of the year Shaun Johnson to the New Zealand Rugby League's premier award.
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New faces in All Blacks Sevens for Wellington

Radio New Zealand - ‎8 hours ago‎
The All Blacks Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens has named four new players in his squad to prepare for the next two World Series tournaments in Wellington and Las Vegas.
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Golf: Kennedy to return to NZ Open

New Zealand Herald - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Australian golfer Brad Kennedy hasn't been sighted at the New Zealand Open since he won the tournament in 2011. But that will change this year as he leads a 21-strong group of Japan Golf Tour regulars who will contest the event in Queenstown in March, ...
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Cricket: Worker applauds newbies' fortitude

New Zealand Herald - ‎3 hours ago‎
It's fair to say anyone watching the game, let alone cricketers and the coaching stable, would have been chanting incantations while threading their worry beads yesterday in New Plymouth.
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Antarctic explorers' huts, thousands of artefacts saved

TVNZ - ‎11 hours ago‎
A massive project to save three historic Antarctic buildings and the thousands of the artefacts inside has finally been completed.

How to keep cool on hot days

New Zealand Herald - ‎4 hours ago‎
Natural selection has ensured that naked human skin is ideally suited for evaporative cooling. Photo / Thinkstock. Are neck, hand or forearm cooling, ice-cube sucking or cold showers effective ways to lose heat on those dog days of summer?
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Former TVNZ reporter Corinne Ambler to aid ebola fight - ‎3 hours ago‎
Former reporter Corrine Ambler is in Africa working with the Red Cross in the fight against Ebola. Kiwi aid worker Corinne Ambler hopes she gets to be the person who tells the world Ebola has been eradicated.

Healthcare worker who viewed child abuse imagery wants job back

New Zealand Herald - ‎3 hours ago‎
A suspended healthcare professional who admitted repeatedly viewing images of children being sexually abused wants to return to work.

Half a million NZers providing unpaid care

Newstalk ZB - ‎9 hours ago‎
A report analysing the social cost of caregiving has found over 420,000 New Zealanders are providing unpaid care for friends or family.

Dunedin woman forced to wait 'years' for breast reconstruction

New Zealand Herald - ‎3 hours ago‎
Andrea Macnee is frustrated with the long wait for breast reconstruction surgery. Photo / Christine O'Connor. A Dunedin woman who had a mastectomy more than two years ago is ''unbelievably frustrated'' with the scores of people waiting for breast ...